CfP: J. S. Le Fanu, Trinity College Dublin


Trinity College Dublin – 15-16 October 2014

‘He stands in the absolutely first rank as a writer of ghost stories’. — M. R. James

Best known for his Gothic masterpiece Uncle Silas and the vampire story ‘Carmilla’, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu was a prolific writer, whose extensive output included historical, sensation, and horror novels, poems and ballads, numerous stories of the supernatural, political journalism, and a verse-drama. However, while his name is well known to aficionados of the horror genre, much of his work still remains in the dark.  On the occasion of the bicentenary of Le Fanu’s birth, this conference intends to bring together established scholars and emerging researchers, in order to shed new light on some of Le Fanu’s less famous fiction and celebrate his influential contribution to the Gothic genre.

 We are calling for papers on any aspect of the life and work of J. S. Le Fanu. While we welcome new research on Le Fanu’s best known work, we wish to attract papers that engage with those texts which are less frequently read and studied, with the author
himself, and with the legacy that he has left.

Abstracts of 300 words for 20-minute papers should be submitted, together with a brief biography, to Valeria Cavalli at

The deadline for submissions is 15th June 2014.


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